LAING O'Rourke is forging ahead with plans to revolutionise industry working practices by shifting site staff onto the same contract terms as office workers.
The move covers company pensions and health insurance and could include profit sharing.
The contractor has set up a team to look at the shift, which could be introduced within months.
One company source said: 'There's a lot of talk about respect for people in the industry so O'Rourke has decided to do something about it.
'The people on site are the ones who actually create the value of the company so why should they be on worse terms than other people in the firm?
'O'Rourke wants to keep its best site staff so you have to offer them a good deal.We want to make the firm the employer of choice in the industry and it follows that you become the contractor of choice.
'It is all about social responsibility and it's time the whole industry looked at making this the norm.'
O'Rourke is also looking to change working practices by introducing more multiskilling on site.